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    Default Disney's Touche technology could make all the world a giant touchscreen

    Touche: Disney's 'mind-blowing' touch-sensing technology
    A new, more intuitive technology could soon make all kinds of surfaces, like human skin and water, responsive to complicated gestures

    Scientists at Disney Research (yes, that Disney) have developed a proprietary touch-sensing technology called Touché, which could effectively give everyday objects and substances — like doorknobs, walls, or even liquid — advanced touchscreen controls, the basic version of which you typically find on smartphones and tablets. But Touché could give different surfaces the capacity to detect gestures way more complicated than a swipe. The invention is being presented on Monday in Austin at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, and has already received a few highly coveted awards. Here, a brief guide to the "mind-blowing" breakthrough:

    How does the touch technology work?
    Typical touchscreens accept commands using a single electrical frequency, which helps the screen to differentiate between touching or not touching. Touché is different in that it can read complicated configurations over a much wider range of frequencies, so that it can even detect gestures. Different types of touches register distinct electrical signatures, which Disney refers to as a "capacitive profile," says Sebastian Anthony at Extreme Tech. Touching a doorknob with one finger creates a different capacitive profile than gripping it with your whole hand, for example.

    And it can even be used on liquid?
    Touché only requires a single electrode to function, "which opens the application to any object that can conduct electricity," says John Koetsier at VentureBeat — and that includes electricity-conducting surfaces like furniture, human skin, and even tubs full of water. (Watch a demo below.)

    What can Touché be used for?
    Imagine a desk that's "all touch-sensitive," says VentureBeat's Koetsier: Using your fingers on a tablet screen might be less precise than a mouse or stylus, but "give your hands the entire surface of your desk to work on, and the results might be beyond our current imagination." Or imagine a couch that automatically flicks on the TV when you sit down, or a doorknob that locks when you tap it. Also consider a smart swimming pool that "detects a young child who can't swim," says Extreme Tech's Anthony. The "possibilities of Touché are almost endless, and really rather exciting."

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    Sure as hell can't be worse than the douche technology that M-TV unleashed in 2009

    "...and even tubs full of water" - uh, I prefer my tubs full o' water to be electricity free...

    "...Or imagine a couch that automatically flicks on the TV when you sit down,..." Or imagine a tv that shuts off when someone starts a conversation, or when one of my children (or wife) falls asleep in front of it, or when the programming being offered is completely devoid of any value whatsoever...

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    ...Or imagine a bed that will stimulate you while watching porn....

    I call that technology Bed Bites.

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    I think the implications are vast.

    To start, it will make for a futuristic park experience. I am an annual passholder at Disneyland, and Disney has been developing "NextGen" queues and experiences. They've rolled out one major one so far (Walt Disney World's version of the Haunted Mansion), and there's more to come. On top of this technology, they are looking at using technology that would allow them to know who you are, where are you in the park, and what you like to ride.

    What this means is that on the low end they could notify you when your favorite ride or restaurant has a small wait time, but on the high end each ride could have unique experiences for each rider. While waiting in line, the "world is a touch screen" technology could take what they have already done with WDW's Mansion technology or the interaction in the Indiana Jones queue at Disneyland to the next level, and if they are able to recognize who you are, interaction in line and in the ride would be unique to you. That part is fascinating.

    That type of intrusion, for those scared, already happens at the grocery store and Target, and you give that information voluntarily, just like you would at Disneyland.

    As far as Disney licensing this technology, well, I think this could be really, really exciting.

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    I'd like a zipper that automatically unzips when I have to take a leak!
    A little more volume in the headphones please.

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    I'd like a belt that automatically unbuckles a couple notches when I go to a particular restraunt.

 

 

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